The University of Massachusetts Amherst


Masoud Hashemi, extension professor of sustainable farming and agronomy management, has recently been elected to lead three cooperating organizations. 

Hashemi has been named president-elect of the Northeastern regional branches of the Agronomy Society of America (ASA), Crop Science Society of America (CSSA), and Soil Science Society of America (SSSA). He will lead the triumvirate for two years (until late 2024).

The American Society of Agronomy, the Crop Science Society of America, and the Soil Science Society of America host a premier international scientific meeting that brings together leading and emerging scientific leaders from industry, government agencies, and academic institutions who are all working to advance agronomic, crop and soil sciences.  They will their next conjoined, international, annual meeting from November 6-9, in Baltimore Maryland, on the topic "Communication and Public Engagement for Healthy People and a Healthy Planet."

Hashemi's research agenda at Stockbridge, mainly focused on identifying and disseminating best practices for increasing the sustainability of farming systems, firmly fits the themes of the conference. 

The Northeastern Branches of ASA, CSSA, and SSSA (NE-ASA-CSSA-SSSA) provide a forum for interactions among those interested in all aspects of agronomic, crop, and soil sciences and management.  They cooperate with the Northeastern Weed Science Society (NEWSS), and the American Society of Horticultural Science-Northeast Region (NE-ASHS), to produce the Northeastern Plant, Pest, and Soils Conference (NEPPSC).

Hashemi, who earned his Ph.D. from the University of Massachusetts Amherst, investigates diversified cropping systems, and the integration of cover crops into farming systems to enhance nutrient recovery and recycling, weed suppression, and improved soil health.  

Hashemi serves as Stockbridge graduate program director and also publishes articles on pasture management including grazing systems and strategies to extend grazing season.

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